Monthly Archives: May 2012

Metsovo: down by the riverside … a really long way down

I was equally dazzled by the sun on Sunday morning when I swung the curtains open to the balcony doors as on Saturday morning and the sky was again cloudless blue. This time I didn’t revise my plan for an … Continue reading

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Metsovo:  getting it wrong and a discourse on the nature of paths Swung the curtains open to the balcony doors Saturday morning and was dazzled by the sun streaming in from a cloudless blue sky.  Weather forecasts on the internet … Continue reading

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Metsovo: taking bananas for a walk in the Pindus

The rain had stopped by the time I got up on Friday morning, the cloud had lifted to just above the tops of the mountains and there were growing patches of blue sky.  The optimism about the improving weather had … Continue reading

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Meteora to Metsovo: and a touch of déjà vue

Moderately early start to Thursday in order to catch the express bus to the next place on my itinerary, Metsovo in the Pindus Mountains at an altitude of about 1200 metres.. Usual morning ablutions; finished packing; breakfast at 07.30 instead … Continue reading

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Meteora: a last day and a lesson in practical logic

Wednesday’s weather was fabulous using the word in both its common usage of ‘very good’ and its etymological usage of ‘of the nature of fables’.  This was the weather for which Greece is fabled and one of the reasons I … Continue reading

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Meteora: more monasteries, more rocks, more perspectives

The weather forecasts for Meteora on Tuesday had all agreed that it would be grey and wet.  Local opinion also agreed.  As if to thumb the nose at the experts, it wasn’t.  It started off bright and then clouded over … Continue reading

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Meteora: on the rocks

Monday dawned, and continued, very grey.  There are a number of weather forecasts for this part of the world and they are usually different.  None can be relied on.  The one thing that forecasts and locals are agreed on at … Continue reading

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Meteora: to the heights, a pain in the neck and views from prison

Sunday and my legs were tired after doing the planned walk twice yesterday in order to repeat photos with the sun in the right place.   So, like the over-optimistic man-of-the-mountains I fancy myself to be, I planned a walk which … Continue reading

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Meteora: first day’s wonderings

Meteora is visually iconic.  You see it and instantly recognise it, rarely by name or location but as “Oh! Yeh!  That place.  Didn’t they do a James Bond there once”.  It is like nowhere else.  Other countries have the odd … Continue reading

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From Athens to Kalabaka: a day of ‘firsts’

Yet another early start on Friday. Alarm set for 06.15 in order to finish packing and have breakfast promptly at the 07.00 start to make sure that I got to the station in good time to suss things out.  Again … Continue reading

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